As you know, the tentative agreement reached with Envoy Air in August was not ratified by the membership. TWU and the company jointly took the agreement to an Interest Arbitration Board to present evidence as to whether the current collective bargaining agreement should be adjusted. We agreed to abide by the Board’s decision, which would govern the rates of pay and other relevant terms for the remaining years of the contract.
That decision was released yesterday and the following are the items on which the Board ruled:
- Rates of pay: The 2 percent across the board increases on January 1, 2017, January 1, 2018, January 1, 2019, January 2, 2020 are awarded.
- Holiday Pay: Restore holidays to double time for all hours worked on a holiday and straight time pay for being off on the holiday are awarded.
- Personal Days Off: An additional eight (8) hours of paid time off is awarded. The company’s proposal to expand the list of Special Days requiring advance notice is accepted.
- Geographic Premium: The company’s proposal for introducing a geographic premium is accepted.
- Daily Overtime: The union’s proposal for restoration of daily overtime pay is rejected.
- Longevity Pay: The union’s proposal for introducing longevity premiums is rejected.
If you have any questions about the Board’s decision, please see your local officers.
Thank you for your patience as we went through this process.
The arbitration hearing was originally scheduled for March 7, 2017; however, our key witness was not available that day and so the parties have agreed to postpone the hearing.
We have reached out to the arbitrator for alternate dates and all parties have confirmed July 19 as the new hearing date.
While we would have preferred not to postpone the hearing, it was in our members’ best interests to delay so that this witness is fully available to us.
We appreciate everyone’s patience,
Brothers and Sisters,
The Envoy AMT & Related amendment round interest arbitration took place the week of October 3, 2016. Attorneys from each side submitted their post hearing briefs in December 2016 and the panel had 60 days to render a decision.
The Arbitration panel, Union and Company board members convened an executive session in late January to discuss the case. The Union and Company are now waiting for a draft decision from the panel. We are hopeful that this will occur in the next week or so. Once the parties review the draft decision and submit their opinions, comments and concerns to the Arbitrators, a final award shall be rendered.
Thank you for your support and patience.
Applications are now being accepted for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer fifteen (15) college-bound dependents of TWU members with a scholarship worth $4800.00. This scholarship will be paid out, per year in the amount of $1200.00 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four (4) year course.
We are grateful to have three additional scholarship contributors:
- Union Benefit Planners – eight (8) scholarships worth $2500.00 each
- M3 Technology – five (5) scholarships worth $2000.00 each
- Vincent Pitta in Memory of J. Brian Dugan – two (2) scholarships worth $2500.00 each
All of the above sponsored scholarships will be paid out in the first year, as a single scholarship. Please visit twu.org for an application and for additional information and rules, including eligibility requirements.
The deadline for all applications will be April 21, 2017; no applications postmarked after this date will be accepted – there will be no exceptions. Winners of the scholarships will be determined by a public drawing to be held in May. Winners will be notified by mail 5-7 days thereafter.
Dear Brother and Sisters,
The executive board of TWU Local 576 wants to wish each member and their families a safe and happy holidays. During these holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years please travel safely also spend as much quality time with your family and friends as possible.
Operation Free PX is taking place in San Antonio Texas on December 3rd through the 5th for our Veterans that have served our country. This event allows Veterans to receive gifts at this special time of the year and Local 576 donated $500 to this event.
Local 576 Executive Board will be meeting Dec 6th and each station will have their meeting in December also. Meeting dates and times will be posted on the website along with postings on union boards at each station. Nominations and Elections of Shop Stewarts will happen in the December meetings.
On November 15th Joseph Cruz and Tim Jackson went to Envoy HDQ to visit with the new hires for LIT and welcomed them to TWU Local 576. We want to thank our members in XNA and DFW for the TDY support to LIT. This ensures the new hires will get the proper training along with helping out the operation to guarantee LIT will be a successful operation.
I want to thank Layne Rasmussen our VP of the Local for all the time and effort Layne has dedicated to the ASAP program for all Aircraft Maintenance Technician’s for Local 570, 572, 574 and 576.
The Local President's are currently working on a letter of agreement with the Envoy for the TDY Go Team to ensure all policy's under our agreement are meet and all qualified employee's can support this TDY.
The Arbitration Panel has requested that the Envoy lawyer and TWU lawyer have the case briefs turned in by December 16th. All locals shall be given the award of the arbitrator’s decision not later than 60 days from December 16th.
Once again HAPPY HOLIDAYS and as always keep on doing what we do best. The performance and dependability of our members speak clearly that each member of Local 576 is of great value to Envoy Airlines.
The Executive Board of Local 576
Tim, Layne, Alan, Joseph, Todd and Sellie